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Friday, 16 March, 2001, 15:09 GMT
From silverware to the sack
George Graham:
George Graham: Joined Spurs in October 1998
BBC Sport Online profiles George Graham after he is sacked as Spurs boss.

He may have been one of the most successful managers in English football but George Graham never hit it off with the Spurs fans.

After successful spells in charge of Arsenal and Leeds, he was installed as the new Tottenham boss after Alan Sugar dismissed Christian Gross in October 1998.

Graham steadied the ship and delivered Sugar the first trophy of his turbulent reign, when Tottenham beat Leicester 1-0 in the final of the Worthington Cup.

There was a feeling in some quarters that however many trophies he won at Spurs, the White Hart Lane faithful would never take him and his largely negative tactics to their hearts.

His fling with Spurs ended on Friday, when he was summoned to an emergency meeting with executive vice-chairman David Buchler and was told that the club could no longer work with him.


Graham profile

1944: Born in Bargeddie, Scotland, on 30 November.

1961: Signs for Aston Villa in December after offers from other top clubs, including Newcastle.

1963: Collects League Cup runners-up medal as Villa lose to city rivals Birmingham.

George Graham:
Graham: Former Gunner

1964: Transferred to Chelsea in July for 6,000, after makin eight league apperances and scoring two goals for Villa.

1965: Collects League Cup winners' medal after victory over Leicester.

1966: Leaves Chelsea after 72 league games and 35 goals and joins up with Arsenal for 50,000 in September.

1970: Helps Arsenal win the Fairs Cup, beating Anderlecht in the final.

1971: Key member of Arsenal's League and FA Cup double-winning side.

1972: Leaves Highbury after 227 league games and scoring 60 goals to join Manchester United.

1977: After spells with Crystal Palace and Portsmouth and retires from playing and works part-time as a barman before taking coaching job at QPR. Returns to Palace as coach.

1982: Joins Millwall as manager, steering them clear of relegation from Division Three.

1985: Guides Millwall to promotion from Third Division.

1986: Becomes Arsenal manager in May.

1987: Wins Littlewoods Cup, beating Liverpool in the final.

1989: Guides Arsenal to their first League title for 18 years thanks to a dramatic injury-time decider by Michael Thomas in the final match of the season at Liverpool.

1991: Arsenal lose only one League match all season on their way to the championship.

1993: Graham wins historic FA Cup and Coca-Cola Cup double as the Gunners beat Sheffield Wednesday in both finals.

1994: Crowns a brilliant European Cup Winners' Cup campaign with 1-0 tactical triumph over Parma in Copenhagen.

1995: Arsenal fail to publicly back Graham and is forced to stand down as Arsenal boss.

1996: Becomes new manager of Leeds on 10 September, 24 hours after Howard Wilkinson is sacked at Elland Road.

1998: Leaves Leeds United in October, to join Tottenham Hotspur as their new manager.

1999: Guides Spurs to a Worthington Cup final victory over Leicester.

16 March 2001: Is sacked by Spurs despite guiding them to the FA Cup semi-final.

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